Do You Supplement?

A, B, C, D, K, fish oil, zinc, magnesium, etc., etc., etc… I cannot keep track of all the health supplements out there and what their benefits are. When I walk into a supplement store, my head wants to explode. How can there be so many? And my question is, do they really work?

Don’t get me wrong, I have taken vitamins. I always took my Flintstones back in the day and as an adult, I have dabbled in the supplement game. The past two years I took some things to keep my immune system running well and I have a daily multivitamin for women over 50…don’t laugh, I get a good deal on it at Sam’s Club. I go back and forth with it. I do really good for months at a time, then they just sit there judging me for months at a time. I guess that’s the same with everything I do.

The problem is that I really don’t know if they are working or not. I don’t feel any big difference. Am I supposed to? The only thing I know for sure is when I drink caffeine, I am alert and when I skip it, I am sluggish…so you know that means I am always caffeinated. I wish I could be as sure about the health supplements.

I walk around the store and look at all the bottles, mesmerized by all the claims they make. Neil takes a lot of supplements because he likes to work out, so he is totally up to date on all the latest research and things. I ask if he really feels the difference and he says yes, so maybe I just don’t get it. Example, they say taking cinnamon is good for sugar levels…does that mean my sugar level is better in the fall because of all the Pumpkin Spice Lattes I drink? How about vitamin D? I know it’s needed, and we get plenty of it from the sun, does the pill form work just as well if sunlight isn’t available to you?

I know the best way to get in all the things you need is with a healthy whole food kind of diet. Weren’t people healthier and not in need of all these pills and powders before the invention of processed foods? I know certain things were available back in the day; Geritol has been around since 1930, but that was the exception, not the rule, right? I am not here to be on any type of soapbox about eating plans, because I love the “bad” foods. I am right up there with the pizza and the candy and the fast food. I wonder though, if we got back to mostly whole foods and the other things in moderation, would we need all the supplements?

I guess in the end all that matters is how you feel when you take them. If you think they work, that’s great, keep going. If you think they don’t, then don’t buy them. As for me, well, maybe I never take them long enough to feel any of the benefits. So maybe I will try them again, and this time for a longer period of time. I’ll let you know how it goes.

***Question for the comments…Do you take any kind of supplements? If you do, what would you say is your favorite one?

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Hi, I'm Tracie. I am a writer, reader, life coach, lover of the city and the beach. I am a big fan of all things caffeinated. I dig things from many different decades, but am a definite child of the 80's. My blog is about everything and anything my mind conjures up. Enjoy the ride.

4 thoughts on “Do You Supplement?

  1. 🤣🤣🤣 you and your pumpkin spice lattes. For once I’ll be hypocritical…eat only whole foods. Stop laughing! For anyone else reading this, I am MUCH more of a junk food junkie than my sister. I love to cook, but if I lived alone it would probably be half home cooked and half takeout.
    In all seriousness, I believe that the supplement industry is b.s. it’s just another branch of Big Pharma. Besides, we have no idea what’s in those pills/powders. Sure, the label says one thing, but like everything else, we only know what we’re told.
    That being said, if you believe they help, they will. Placebo

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  2. Haha Tracie and Valerie! Well, as you may have guessed, I do take supplements but not too many, only the ones that I’m sure or pretty sure work for my body. Now, my Dad worked at a plant where Vitamin E was processed. Growing up, I was able to drink raw liquid Vitamin E, in other words the liquid inside the gel capsule. I had great skin and have always been generally healthy. Also, recently, I have experienced the direct benefits of taking Fish/Salmon oil pills, they reduce or eliminate joint pain for me. I have seen the benefits of Probiotics in my system as well! Biotin has increased my hair growth. Ginger supplements have reduced nausea for me. B- complex reduces my stress levels. D3 is the only one recommended by multiple doctors no matter how much sun you get. I’m testing out Zinc currently, hoping it will help strengthen my nails. One month in and no change yet. I’m keeping at it, so I’ll let you know.

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